I love this song by the Afro-Cuban All Stars, and not just because it
has a great beat. (lyrics)
Yo le puse el corazón // también le puse la mente //
y el producto resulto // bien distinto y diferente.
I put my heart into it // and also my mind;
the product that results // is very unique and different.
A lot of the value I bring to a test team (or indeed any team)
comes by virtue of being different -- of bringing a different
life experience, different perspective, and different set of
skills to the table.
To take one example, I interact with the Internet through a medium
that's very different from that of most people.
I use Linux and other open-source software well-nigh exclusively,
often via a textual interface. I read mail with
chat with people using
and tweet using
For many years I browsed the web using
simply because my outdated pittance of a computer
couldn't handle anything more demanding. Even now, my default
A lot of things fall apart when the assumptions that they're
developed under crumble.
To take another angle, I've worked as a programmer, sysadmin, and
a tester in recent memory. While I'd likely lose out on a kernel
hacker job to someone who's spent the last 20 years coding in C,
small shops (like the one I'm in now) really appreciate having
someone around who can kick servers together, debug CMS modules,
and come up with testing tools for the open source project we're
hacking on. So it goes with other aspects of my background --
knowing i18n and a few snippets of Japanese because of my time as an
exchange student; being sensitive to the ethical ramifications of
a piece of software on account of my background in Philosophy;
thinking things out in terms of concepts, theories, principles, and
strategies, because that's simply how my mind works.
It may be presumptuous to think that you can be the best programmer
in the entire world, or the best tester, or what have you.
But you can be the best you in the world; the best at at
offering the unique set of skills and perspectives that only you have.
Though I endeavour to give my best, I'm not so presumptuous
to think that I am the best.
But I hope you will always find my work